Archive for July, 2020

28 Jul

Using Virtual Reality to “Teach” Empathy, Retain Learning Experiences

A new Stanford Study shows that virtual reality can make people more empathetic. Learners who underwent a short virtual reality (VR) experience, “Becoming Homeless,” became more empathetic toward the homeless to the point of taking action on their behalf. VR proved more effective in changing pro-social behaviors than reading or

14 Jul

How We Learn: We Remember Emotions

So what do people remember? We remember emotions, our feelings, and the behavior of others. Research shows that emotions are important to learning. “Emotions form a critical piece of how, what, when, and why people think, remember, and learn,” says Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD, associate professor of education, psychology, and neuroscience

06 Jul

How We Learn: The Brain Likes Patterns

The brain looks for patterns and fills in the blanks. It uses patterns to understand the relationship between things—putting them in context.  “The human brain is a pattern-recognition machine. It evolved to identify related events or artifacts and connect them into a meaningful whole,” According to the NOVA article The

01 Jul

COVID-19 Makes Training & ReTraining More Urgent

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the issue of training and retraining urgent rather than just a future necessity. In 2017, the McKinsey Global Institute estimated that up to 375 million workers—or 14 percent of the global workforce—would have to switch occupations or acquire new skills by 2030 because of automation and